Gerard Manley Hopkins

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–1889), was born on this day in 1844, in Stratford, Essex, he was an English poet and Jesuit priest. He is considered to be one of the greatest poets of the Victorian era, however, because his style was so radically different from that of his contemporaries, his best poems were not acceptedContinue reading “Gerard Manley Hopkins”

George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was born in Dublin on July 26th, his education was irregular, due to his dislike of any organised training. He moved to London as a young man (1876), where he established himself as a leading music and theatre critic and became a prominent member of the Fabian Society, for which heContinue reading “George Bernard Shaw”

Robert Graves

On this day, July 24, 1895, poet Robert Graves (1895-1985) was born in Wimbledon, near London. One of ten children, Robert was influenced by his mother’s puritanical beliefs and his father’s love of Celtic poetry and myth. As a young man, he was more interested in boxing and mountain climbing than studying, although poetry laterContinue reading “Robert Graves”

María Sabina Magdalena García

María Sabina Magdalena García (1894 – 1985), was born on this day 22 July in 1894 she was known as the “priestess of mushrooms,” and was probably the most famous Mexican healer to have ever lived and a great poet. Her history and reputation led her to serve as a bridge between the mystical andContinue reading “María Sabina Magdalena García”

William Makepeace Thackeray

On July 18 1811, William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) Victorian novelist and illustrator was born in India where both parents worked for the East India Company. His father died when he was only 4years old and he was sent back to England by his mother who remained in India. He is known for his satirical works,Continue reading “William Makepeace Thackeray”

Ginger Rodgers

Ginger Rodgers (née Virginia Katherine McMath) was born on this day July 16th 1911, in Independence, Missouri, and raised in Kansas City, Rogers and her family moved to Fort Worth, Texas when she was nine years old. Winning a 1925 Charleston dance contest launched a successful vaudeville career, she gained recognition as a Broadway actressContinue reading “Ginger Rodgers”

John Clare

John Clare was born in Northamptonshire, England. on this day, July 13 1793 (1793-1864), into a poor family, his father being a farm labourer. He himself became a farm labourer while still a child, leaving school at 12 years. In his early adult life, Clare became a pot-boy in the Blue Bell pub, he wasContinue reading “John Clare”

Pablo Neruda

Chilean poet and Nobel Prize winner, Pablo Neruda was born on this day, 12 July 1904 (1904-1973). Born Ricardo Eliezer Neftali Reyes y Basoalto, Neruda gave himself this writing name under which he would become famous while still in his early teens. In 1921 he left southern Chile for Santiago to attend school, he intendedContinue reading “Pablo Neruda”

Roald Dahl – Quote

Dahl was born in 1916 in Cardiff, Wales to Norwegian immigrant parents, he served in the RAF during the Second World as a fighter pilot and subsequently, an intelligence officer. He rose to prominence as a writer in the 1940s with works for children and for adults, and he became one of the world’s best-sellingContinue reading “Roald Dahl – Quote”

Happy Birthday NHS

July 5th 1948 was an historic moment in Britains’ history, it was the day our pioneering National Health Service (NHS) was born, bringing free healthcare to all. It has been treasured ever since, but never more so since March 2020 when the Coronavirus pandemic gripped the UK and utterly changed all our lives. Today theContinue reading “Happy Birthday NHS”

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